EU acts fast on ban of plastic products

Saturday, January 12, 2019
EU acts fast on ban of plastic products

The European Union bans single-use plastic products like cutlery and food containers, in what is one of the most quickly finalized proposals in recent EU memory.

EU negotiators signed off on measures that include bans on single-use plastic plates, cutlery, expanded polystyrene food containers, beverage cups, balloon sticks, straws and cotton bud sticks.

The provisional agreement also means that manufacturers will have to pay for waste management and clean-up of single-use items, most notably cigarette butts.

Filters contain small traces of plastic and are the most littered item in the world, with trillions discarded annually. Producers will now be subject to so-called extended producer responsibility schemes (EPRs) and will have to pay for collection points in “common litter hotspots.”

Garrett Connelly